Monday, June 28, 2010

LDF hijacking CFL scheme, says forum

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Electricity Employees Confederation has accused Electricity Minister A.K. Balan and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) of trying to hijack the Central government-sponsored programme to distribute 1.5 crore Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) to consumers across the State.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, its general secretary M.S. Rawther said the State government had been trying to claim the credit for the scheme and cover up the role of the UPA government at the Centre. �The government, in its haste, failed to ensure that the lamps sold to the public carried the logo of the Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) programme.

Mr. Rawther said the Chief Engineer (Corporate Planning) had issued a note to Deputy Chief Engineers in all electrical circles last month asking them to have the logo printed on all CFLs distributed under the scheme and those awaiting distribution.

The BLY programme was launched by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency at the national level under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to claim carbon credit. In Kerala, the Energy Management Centre is the implementing agency. Mr. Rawther said it would be impossible to print the logo on CFLs already sold to consumers in Kerala.

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